Virtual Console Games on Wii, Wii U, and 3DS

Ver. 1.0.1 (04/03/2018)

Remember that script I wrote to parse the Wikipedia pages (Wii, Wii U, and 3DS) to find Virtual Console exclusives? I modified it to create tables listing availability of games for each platform. Thought this would be more useful.


Made a mistake in my previous recommendation. S.C.A.T. is apparently available on all 3 platforms, not exclusive to Wii. Should’ve known game titles may not be consistent across the Wikipedia pages. Oh well, at least I get to enjoy the game in 240p. Let me know if you spot any other error!

Title Wii Wii U 3DS
A Boy and His Blob: Trouble on Blobolonia
Adventure Island
Adventure Island II
Adventures of Bayou Billy, The
Adventures of Lolo
Adventures of Lolo 2
Balloon Fight
Baseball Simulator 1.000
Bases Loaded
Bio Miracle Bokutte Upa
Blades of Steel
Blaster Master
Bubble Bobble
Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest
Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse
City Connection
Clu Clu Land
Crash ‘N’ The Boys: Street Challenge
Dig Dug
Dig Dug II
Donkey Kong
Donkey Kong 3
Donkey Kong Jr.
Donkey Kong Jr. Math
Double Dragon
Double Dragon II: The Revenge
Double Dragon III: The Sacred Stones
Double Dribble
Dr. Mario
Duck Hunt
EarthBound Beginnings
Elevator Action
Final Fantasy
Flying Dragon: The Secret Scroll
Flying Warriors
Gargoyle’s Quest II
Ghosts ‘n Goblins
Hogan’s Alley
Ice Climber
Ice Hockey
Kid Icarus
King’s Knight
Kirby’s Adventure
Kung-Fu Heroes
Legend of Kage, The
Legend of Zelda, The
Life Force
Little Ninja Brothers
Lode Runner
Lunar Pool
Mach Rider
Mario Bros.
Mega Man
Mega Man 2
Mega Man 3
Mega Man 4
Mega Man 5
Mega Man 6
Mighty Bomb Jack
Mighty Final Fight
Milon’s Secret Castle
Mysterious Murasame Castle, The
NES Open Tournament Golf
NES Play Action Football
Ninja Gaiden
Ninja Gaiden II: The Dark Sword of Chaos
Ninja Gaiden III: The Ancient Ship of Doom
Ninja JaJaMaru-kun
Operation Wolf
Princess Tomato in the Salad Kingdom
River City Ransom
S.C.A.T.: Special Cybernetic Attack Team
Shadow of the Ninja
Sky Kid
Solomon’s Key
Star Soldier
Street Fighter 2010: The Final Fight
Summer Carnival ’92: Recca
Super C
Super Dodge Ball
Super Mario Bros.
Super Mario Bros. 2
Super Mario Bros. 3
Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels
Tecmo Bowl
Ufouria: The Saga
Urban Champion
Vs. Excitebike
Wario’s Woods
Wild Gunman
Wrecking Crew
Zelda II: The Adventure of Link
Zoda’s Revenge: StarTropics II



Title Wii Wii U 3DS
Aero the Acro-Bat
Aero the Acro-Bat 2
Brawl Brothers
Breath of Fire
Breath of Fire II
Castlevania: Dracula X
Chrono Trigger
Combatribes, The
Contra III: The Alien Wars
Darius Twin
Demon’s Crest
DoReMi Fantasy: Milon’s DokiDoki Adventure
Donkey Kong Country
Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest
Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong’s Double Trouble!
Final Fantasy II
Final Fantasy III
Final Fantasy Mystic Quest
Final Fight
Final Fight 2
Final Fight 3
Genghis Khan II: Clan of the Gray Wolf
Ghoul Patrol
Gradius III
Harvest Moon
Ignition Factor, The
Indiana Jones’ Greatest Adventures
Kirby Super Star
Kirby’s Avalanche
Kirby’s Dream Course
Kirby’s Dream Land 3
Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, The
Legend of the Mystical Ninja, The
Mega Man 7
Mega Man X
Mega Man X2
Mega Man X3
Metal Marines
Natsume Championship Wrestling
Nobunaga’s Ambition
Ogre Battle: The March of the Black Queen
Pac-Man 2: The New Adventures
Prince of Persia
Rival Turf!
Romance of the Three Kingdoms IV: Wall of Fire
Secret of Mana
Space Invaders: The Original Game
Street Fighter Alpha 2
Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting
Street Fighter II: The World Warrior
Super Adventure Island
Super Adventure Island II
Super Bonk
Super Castlevania IV
Super E.D.F.: Earth Defense Force
Super Ghouls ‘n Ghosts
Super Mario Kart
Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
Super Mario World
Super Metroid
Super Punch-Out!!
Super Star Wars
Super Star Wars: Return of the Jedi
Super Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
Super Street Fighter II: The New Challengers
Super Turrican
Uncharted Waters: New Horizons
Vegas Stakes
Wild Guns
Zombies Ate My Neighbors



Not available on 3DS.

Title Wii Wii U 3DS
1080° Snowboarding
Bomberman 64
Bomberman Hero
Cruis’n USA
Donkey Kong 64
Excitebike 64
F-Zero X
Harvest Moon 64
Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards
Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask, The
Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, The
Mario Golf
Mario Kart 64
Mario Party 2
Mario Tennis
Ogre Battle 64: Person of Lordly Caliber
Paper Mario
Pokémon Puzzle League
Pokémon Snap
Sin and Punishment
Star Fox 64
Super Mario 64
Super Smash Bros.
Wave Race 64
Yoshi’s Story



Not available on 3DS.

Title Wii Wii U 3DS
Air Zonk
Alien Crush
Battle Chopper
Battle Lode Runner
Blazing Lazers
Bomberman ’93
Bomberman ’94
Bomberman: Panic Bomber
Bonk 3: Bonk’s Big Adventure
Bonk’s Adventure
Bonk’s Revenge
Break In
Castlevania: Rondo of Blood
Chase H.Q.
Chew Man Fu
China Warrior
Cho Aniki
Dead Moon
Detana!! TwinBee
Devil’s Crush
Digital Champ: Battle Boxing
Double Dungeons
Dragon Spirit
Dragon’s Curse
Dungeon Explorer
Dynastic Hero, The
Fighting Street
Final Soldier
Galaga ’90
Gate of Thunder
Gradius II: Gofer no Yabou
Image Fight
Image Fight II
J.J. & Jeff
Legend of Hero Tonma
Lords of Thunder
Military Madness
Monster Lair
Moto Roader
Neutopia II
New Adventure Island
Ninja Spirit
Power Golf
Riot Zone
Samurai Ghost
Soldier Blade
Street Fighter II: Champion Edition
Super Air Zonk: Rockabilly-Paradise
Super Star Soldier
Victory Run
World Class Baseball
World Sports Competition
Ys Book I & II



Not available on Wii.

Title Wii Wii U 3DS
Advance Wars
Advance Wars 2: Black Hole Rising
Car Battler Joe
Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow
Castlevania: Circle of the Moon
Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance
Contra Advance: The Alien Wars EX
DK: King of Swing
Drill Dozer
F-Zero – GP Legend
F-Zero: Maximum Velocity
Final Fantasy Tactics Advance
Final Fight One
Fire Emblem
Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
Game & Watch Gallery 4
Golden Sun
Golden Sun: The Lost Age
Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town
Harvest Moon: More Friends of Mineral Town
Kirby & the Amazing Mirror
Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land
Klonoa 2: Dream Champ Tournament
Klonoa: Empire of Dreams
Konami Krazy Racers
Kuru Kuru Kururin[a]
Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap, The
Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga
Mario Golf: Advance Tour
Mario Kart: Super Circuit
Mario Party Advance
Mario Pinball Land
Mario Tennis: Power Tour
Mario vs. Donkey Kong
Medabots AX: Metabee
Medabots AX: Rokusho
Medabots: Metabee
Medabots: Rokusho
Mega Man & Bass
Mega Man Battle Chip Challenge
Mega Man Battle Network
Mega Man Battle Network 2
Mega Man Battle Network 3 Blue
Mega Man Battle Network 3 White
Mega Man Battle Network 4 Blue Moon
Mega Man Battle Network 4 Red Sun
Mega Man Battle Network 5 Team Colonel
Mega Man Battle Network 5 Team Protoman
Mega Man Battle Network 6: Cybeast Falzar
Mega Man Battle Network 6: Cybeast Gregar
Mega Man Zero
Mega Man Zero 2
Mega Man Zero 3
Mega Man Zero 4
Metroid Fusion
Metroid: Zero Mission
Mr. Driller 2
Namco Museum
Onimusha Tactics
Pac-Man Collection
Pocky & Rocky with Becky
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon Red Rescue Team
Pokémon Pinball: Ruby & Sapphire
Polarium Advance
Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc
Rayman Advance
Super Ghouls ‘n Ghosts
Super Mario Advance
Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3
Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2
Super Street Fighter II Turbo Revival
Wario Land 4
WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgames!
Yoshi’s Island: Super Mario Advance 3



Each platform also has its exclusive platforms.

Wii: Master System, Genesis, Neo Geo, and Arcade.

Wii U: DS.

3DS: Game Boy, Game Boy Color, and Game Gear.

Wii Virtual Console Exclusives (plus WiiWare!)

Ver. 1.0.0  (03/24/18)

(This post is complete. Only minor updates will be made going forward.)

Nintendo is closing the Wii Shop Channel on January 31, 2019, and Wii Points, for buying anything in said channel, are no longer available for purchase after March 26, 2018. For retrogamers like me, this might not seem like a big deal, until I realized that not all Wii Virtual Console games are available on Wii U and 3DS! Granted, Wii’s retrogame emulation is at best serviceable, but it’s just so convenient. Besides, amongst the sea of shovel-ware that is the WiiWare, there’re still pearls worth owning before they’re forever washed away by the tides of time.

I wrote a simple script to parse Wikipedia’s lists of Virtual Console games (for Wii, Wii U, and 3DS) to find each platform’s exclusives. Below you’ll find the results (in alphabetical order) and my personal recommendations. Whether you still have Wii hooked up to the TV, or you’re using Wii U’s Wii Mode (not recommended), it’s worth a look to see if anything tickles your fancy. Note: These games are for North America; I don’t know about their availability for other regions.


Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) / Famicom

(19 exclusives)
A Boy and His Blob: Trouble on Blobolonia
Adventures of Lolo 2
Bio Miracle Bokutte Upa
Blades of Steel
Bubble Bobble
Double Dribble
Elevator Action
Final Fantasy
King’s Knight
Lunar Pool
NES Play Action Football
Ninja JaJaMaru-kun
Operation Wolf
Princess Tomato in the Salad Kingdom
S.C.A.T.: Special Cybernetic Attack Team
The Legend of Kage


Adventures of Lolo 2
Princess Tomato in the Salad Kingdom
S.C.A.T.: Special Cybernetic Attack Team

Note: Bubble Bobble and Final Fantasy are also worthy, but they’re better on the NES Classic Edition.

Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) / Super Famicom

(26 exclusives)
Aero the Acro-Bat
Aero the Acro-Bat 2
Chrono Trigger
Darius Twin
DoReMi Fantasy: Milon’s DokiDoki Adventure
Final Fantasy II
Final Fantasy III
Final Fantasy Mystic Quest
Ghoul Patrol
Gradius III
Indiana Jones’ Greatest Adventures
Kirby’s Avalanche
Ogre Battle: The March of the Black Queen
Prince of Persia
Secret of Mana
Space Invaders: The Original Game
Super Adventure Island
Super Adventure Island II
Super Bonk
Super Star Wars
Super Star Wars: Return of the Jedi
Super Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
Super Turrican
The Combatribes
Zombies Ate My Neighbors


Chrono Trigger
DoReMi Fantasy: Milon’s DokiDoki Adventure
Super Bonk
Zombies Ate My Neighbors

Note: SNES Chrono Trigger is still the best because all the ports and remakes are subpar, and it’s criminally missing from SNES Classic Edition.

Note: Final Fantasy II (Final Fantasy IV for real) has numerous enhanced remakes. Final Fantasy III (Final Fantasy VI for real) is better on SNES Classic Edition.

Note: Gradius III is an arcade port. The arcade version is available on PS2 and PSP.

Note: Ogre Battle enhanced remake is available on PS1.

Note: Secret of Mana is better on SNES Classic Edition.

Note: Super Turrican Director’s Cut is available on Analogue Super Nt.

Nintendo 64 (N64)

(4 exclusives)
Bomberman Hero
Cruis’n USA
Pokémon Puzzle League
Super Smash Bros.


Pokémon Puzzle League
Super Smash Bros.

TurboGrafx-16 (TG16) / PC Engine / TurboDuo

(25 exclusives)
Castlevania: Rondo of Blood
Chase H.Q.
Cho Aniki
Dead Moon
Dragon Spirit
Dragon’s Curse
Fighting Street
Galaga ’90
Gate of Thunder
Gradius II: Gofer no Yabou
J.J. & Jeff
Military Madness
Monster Lair
Riot Zone
Samurai Ghost
Street Fighter II: Champion Edition
Super Air Zonk: Rockabilly-Paradise
The Dynastic Hero
World Class Baseball
Ys Book I & II


Castlevania: Rondo of Blood
Gate of Thunder
Military Madness
Super Air Zonk: Rockabilly-Paradise
The Dynastic Hero

Note: Dragon’s Curse is also known as Wonder Boy III: The Dragon’s Trap, which is available on many platforms and remade for modern systems like PS4 and Switch.

Note: Gradius II is an arcade port, and the arcade version is available on PS4.

Note: The Dynastic Hero is also known as Wonder Boy in Monster World.

Note: Even though Ys is the quintessential action RPG series on TG16, Ys Book I & II has been ported and enhanced for many later systems.

Genesis / Mega Drive

Genesis games aren’t available on Wii U or 3DS VC, so currently all 73 titles on Wii are technically exclusives, but I’m not listing them here. Furthermore, Sega has been doing a decent job compiling their greatest hits for modern systems (Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection for PS3/Xbox 360, Sega Genesis Collection for PS2), and sometimes cheaper (Steam). In fact, most of the Steam collection is coming to PS4 and Xbox One.

I also highly recommend the 3DS Sega 3D Classics. These are some of the best remakes and unique ways to experience the classics. In addition, some of the cult favorite series like Wonder Boy and Fantasy Zone, and the Capcom arcade games, have been released as compilations and remakes. I’d recommend those alternatives if they are readily accessible.

So, here’re my favorites that aren’t easily found in compilations or as remakes, making them truly worth owning on Wii.


Gley Lancer
Mega Turrican
Rolling Thunder 2

Note: Rolling Thunder 2 is a Namco arcade port, but I find the Genesis version better.

Bonus: (These gems may be available elsewhere but I consider best on this platform.)
Ghouls ‘n Ghosts
Puyo Puyo 2
Super Fantasy Zone


Neo Geo

Another system that’s not on Wii U or 3DS, but SNK has re-released most of its games more times than there are fighting games in this library (which is a lot), so whether you’re the sworn defender of PS4, Xbox One, or Switch, you’ll find the most popular titles on your platform (in particular, take a look at Hamster’s ACA Neo Geo offerings).

As such, the sole gem, of which the original is too expensive and hard to find, is:




Master System / Sega Mark III

Similar to Genesis, this system isn’t available on Wii U or 3DS, but only 15 titles are available on Wii. If you don’t have better alternatives to play the Wonder Boy and Fantasy Zone games, or Phantasy Star, you should get them here. In addition, the following are pretty good:


Alex Kidd in Miracle World
Alex Kidd in Shinobi World
Sonic the Hedgehog
Sonic the Hedgehog 2



Wii U and 3DS VC don’t have an equivalent arcade section, but like many other retro games mentioned on this page, most games here (totaling 21) are cheaper on other platforms. And frankly, these old arcade games, shallow and quarter-hungry by design, simply don’t stand the test of time. Hence, I can’t recommend any.



While Virtual Console is the main draw, let’s not forget WiiWare, which will be closing down at the same time. While most of its games are a waste of resources, there’re a handful of worthy exclusives in the name of retrogaming.

If nothing else, you must get the Konami ReBirth games if any of these genres appeals to you:

Gradius ReBirth – Remix of various Gradius games.


Contra ReBirth – Original title that looks and plays similar to SNES’ Contra III: The Alien Wars.


Castlevania: The Adventure ReBirth – Remake of Game Boy’s Castlevania: The Adventure.


Nintendo also has some offerings in their lesser-known IPs like Dr. Mario and WarioWare, but my pick has to be Excitebike: World Rally, an excellent update of the NES original.


My next pick is Blaster Master Overdrive. Don’t believe the critics; they’re just bunch of wusses who can’t handle a hardcore retro remake. OK, it would’ve been nice if they supported the Classic Controller, but it’s still pretty playable with Wiimote.


Lastly, get Bomberman Blast only if you have friends. It’s rather boring if you play alone.


That’s all. What else do you think I should get? Thanks.

Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 (i)FAQ

Dead or Alive Xtreme 3

Here’s a FAQ no one asked for. In fact, these questions are asked so rarely — possibly only ever by me — that this is an “iFAQ,” or inFrequently Asked Questions. Enjoy.

1. What is Dead or Alive Xtreme 3?

DOAX 3 for short. It’s an upcoming video game and the second sequel, as the name implies, to the beach volleyball spin-off of the Dead or Alive (DOA) fighting game series. Similar to its predecessors, the game focuses on the girls of DOA, as they take vacation on a beach resort island and participate in various activities, mini-games, and a not-so-serious 2-on-2 beach volleyball game.


2. What platform is it for?

There are two versions. DOAX 3: Fortune is for PlayStation 4 (PS4), and DOAX 3: Venus is for PlayStation Vita (PSV). “F” for four, “V” for Vita; simple as that. Both versions are pretty much the same. The PS4 version obviously has better graphics, but the Vita version uses the touch input to let player directly touch the girls. Yes, it’s as lewd as it sounds.


3. When is the game coming out?

March 24, 2016. Ya, in just a few days. However, it’s only going to be released in Japan, and Asia in general. There was some talk about localizing it for the western markets, but ultimately the publisher decided to keep it in Asia. The prequels never sold well in the west and got panned by the critics for the game’s subject matter, so history probably would’ve repeated itself anyway. As we all know, the American game market is too mature and classy for games like this.

4. Is this game worth playing?

Not really. The beach volleyball game is OK (based on my experience with the prequels), the other competitive mini-games, even one with a cool name and concept like “butt sumo,” are forgettable, and the casino mini-games aren’t for entertainment — their only purpose is to rack up money to buy swimsuits for the girls. So, if you’re looking for deep gameplay and rich content, there isn’t any here.

The whole point of the game is to ogle. The DOA girls have been infamous for their well-endowed and bouncy boobs since the series’ debut on the original PlayStation. For generations (of video game consoles), we.. I mean the fans of the series.. have been mesmerized by the girls’ anime-style angelic faces and their polygonal yet inexplicably alluring bodies. The DOAX series exists only to give fans another way to fantasize about the girls.


5. Who made the game?

It’s developed by Team Ninja, the developer of the Dead or Alive fighting game series, and published by Koei Tecmo. I’d still get the game no matter who makes it, but I guess Team Ninja is the only developer in the industry care enough to improve boob and butt physics (they call the technology Soft Engine 2.0), so I’m glad it’s by them.


6. I’m a DOA/DOAX fan (brave of you to admit it). Which of the DOA girls are in the game?

This is the sad part. Only NINE girls are in this game, and there’s no plan to release the other girls as DLC later. These were selected out of the 15 girls from Dead or Alive 5 Last Round (latest in the DOA series) based on whose paid character themes were downloaded the most on the Japanese PlayStation Store:

1. Marie Rose (17.6%)

2. Honoka (14.9%)

3. Kasumi (12.0%)

4. Ayane (8.2%)

5. Kokoro (8.0%)

6. Nyotengu (7.6%)

7. Hitomi (5.9%)

8. Momiji (5.1%)

9. Helena Douglas (4.9%)

10. Leifang (4.7%)
11. Tina (3.9%)
12. Mila (2.6%)
13. Rachel (1.8%)
14. Christie (1.5%)
15. Lisa (1.4%)

The top two, Marie Rose and Honoka, are the girls on the game covers. Japanese lolicon at its finest.

7. How can I play the game if the game’s not released in North America?

PS4 and PSV aren’t region-locked, so you can play Japanese or Asian games with your US machine no problem. Of course, for a non-Japanese speaker, there’s the language barrier, and you also need to know where to get the game. Good news is I’ve got you covered on both fronts… Read on!

Which Version of DOAX 3 and Where to Buy

Even if you know you want to get Fortune or Venus, or both, there are a couple of options to consider. As mentioned, there’s a Japan and an Asia version (Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea, etc.) of each game. For non-Japanese speakers, I highly recommend the Asia version, as it comes with Chinese, English, and Korean subtitles!

Then, for each game, there’s a regular edition and a collector’s edition. The regular edition just comes with the game. The more expensive collector’s edition includes a lot of goodies like art book, playing cards, 3D mouse pad, etc. (more details below). If you feel like splurging, there’s also a Saikyou Package, which literally means “The Strongest Package,” that includes the collector’s editions of both Fortune and Venus, as well as nine B2-size “bath posters” (meaning they’re waterproof), one of each of the girls.

As for where to buy the game(s), I highly recommend Disclaimer: I’m a Play-Asia affiliate, so please order through following links to help support more quality posts like this in the future 🙂 However, I recommend Play-Asia not just because I’m an affiliate. I’ve been a long-time customer of theirs, and while they’re Hong Kong-based, I’ve never had any problem with my orders, despite the long-distance shipping. They’re also very responsive with emails (and English friendly). Finally, I find their prices mostly reasonable — especially for DOAX 3: they’re the only reputable online retailer I know of that sells the Asia versions of the games at reasonable prices. Click on the photos below to order yours!


Fortune Regular Edition:

Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 Fortune Asia


Fortune Collector’s Edition:

Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 Fortune Asia Collector's Edition

Extra goodies include:

  • 48-page Fortune Gravure Photo Book
  • Xtreme Sexy Costume F Set (digital download code)
  • Marie Rose Xtreme 3D Mouse Pad (small boobs)
  • Fortune Playing Cards
DOAX 3 Fortune Asia Collector's Edition contents

Venus Regular Edition:

Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 Venus Asia

Venus Collector’s Edition:

Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 Venus Asia Collector's Edition

Extra goodies include:

  • 48-page Venus Gravure Photo Book
  • Xtreme Sexy Costume V Set (digital download code)
  • Honoka Xtreme 3D Mouse Pad
  • Venus Playing Cards
DOAX 3 Venus Asia Collector's Edition contents

Saikyou Package:

Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 Saikyou Package Asia

Includes both Fortune and Venus Collector’s Edition, and nine B2 posters:

DOAX 3 Saikyou Package Asia contents

Japan (if you insist)

Fortune Regular Edition

Fortune Collector’s Edition

Extra goodies same as the Asia version.

Venus Regular Edition

Venus Collector’s Edition

Extra goodies same as the Asia version.

Saikyou Package

This is pretty rare, only released on Amazon Japan and GameCity, but otherwise it’s the same as the Asia Saikyou Package.


With any version of Venus, if you order now, you get a code to download the “Angel” swimsuit for Honoka. Likewise, with any version of Fortune, you get a code to download the “Little Devil” swimsuit for Marie Rose. The two versions support cross-play, so you can transfer swimsuits around if you like.

To use these codes, as well as the swimsuit set codes from the collector’s editions, you probably need a Japanese PlayStation Store account. Let me know if you need help doing this. Have fun!